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Principal Planner: Freight Planning


Reports To:
Anne Strauss Weider, Director of Freight Planning

Position Type:
Grant Funded

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Director of Freight Planning, the Principal Planner: Freight Planning will be responsible for performing a full range of technical planning, research, analysis, contributions to written materials, and outreach activities in the specialized field of freight and goods movement planning.
The job requires knowledge of goods movement, freight and supply chains, the application of tools of analysis, the ability to research freight and related topics and produce reports, as well as the ability of effectively engage and interact with industry stakeholders as well as other public and private agencies and interests.

Essential Functions:
• Work on tasks of Freight Planning division in support of the Director’s supervision of staff including consultant efforts, outreach meetings with stakeholders, and preparations of Freight Initiative Committee meetings. • Analyze data utilizing appropriate methodologies and techniques to establish trends, identify challenges and opportunities, make recommendations and prepare related documentation and final reports. • Coordinate with other NJTPA staff on data analysis, GIS, and contribute to agency-wide planning initiatives such as the Long Range Transportation Plan.
• Coordinate outreach to member agencies, private freight companies, shippers and carriers, operating agencies, industry representatives, business and civic leaders, elected officials and the general public. Particularly, focus on enhancing joint public and private sector outreach events. • Increase agency profile among partner agencies as a subject matter expert and as a technical resource for topics related to multi-modal goods movement, freight, logistics and supply chains.

Additional Functions:
• Assist as needed in establishing and maintaining freight-related inventories and databases, commodity profiles, freight-related emerging technologies, and freight-related analytical tools. • Conduct and/or assist in as needed, field analyses and site visits related to freight efforts and analyses.

• Research and prepare policy papers and other briefing documents on freight-related topics and other planning projects in the NJTPA region. Topics include but not limited to: truck rest stops, rail grade crossings, resiliency initiatives, safety, facility proposals and participating in the other agency goods movement projects. • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Characteristics:
• Accomplishment Aptitude: Establishes and follows through on a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishment of a specific objective. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively producing desired results at the level expected for the position. • Achievement/Goal Orientation: Demonstrates a concern and aptitude for achieving or surpassing results against an internal or external standard of excellence, showing passion for improving the delivery of services with a commitment to continuous improvement. • Creativity/Innovation: Generates novel and valuable ideas and uses these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, or services. • Initiative: Evaluates, selects and acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives within parameters of position before being asked or required to do so; self-directed rather than passively complying with instructions or assignments. • Teamwork/Team Orientation: Willingly cooperates and works collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties; works cooperatively with others to accomplish departmental and university objectives.
• Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Demonstrates a mature logic, analytic aptitude and creativity in the approach to issues demanding resolution, by drawing on own expertise and experience base while utilizing other references and resources as necessary. • Continuous Improvement: Continually seeks and achieves incremental improvements in work processes, results and capabilities. • Range: Adapts while maintaining high quality performance and continued focus, challenging situations of a varied nature, calling upon differing and sometimes competing competencies. • Communication: Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and/or in writing, as appropriate to the position and task at hand. • Professionalism: Conducts oneself at all times in an ambassadorial, committed and personable manner demonstrating respect for the position, fellow colleagues, departmental integrity and the university’s best interests.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, supply chain, regional economics, public policy, or engineering. Five (5) years of applied experience in freight or logistics planning, or the movements of goods in a regional or metropolitan setting or a related field. At the university’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Graduation from an accredited college with a master’s degree in transportation planning, public policy, engineering, supply chain, or related technical field, with specialization in freight logistic planning. • Familiarity with public sector involvement with freight movement and the metropolitan planning process • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills.

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